Southern Garden History Society regularly publishes events held by nonprofits and organizations that are of interest to our members. These events include symposiums, lectures and tours that provide participants with a greater appreciation of garden history and restoration.

Requests for listings in our events calendar should be sent to Peggy Cornett, Magnolia editor.






October 23, 2016-June 17, 2017

“Alice Ravenel Huger Smith: Sharing her Legacy”
Middleton Place House Museum
Charleston, South Carolina

An exhibition of Alice Ravenel Huger Smith’s landscapes, lotus ponds, herons, egrets, woodlands, and Middleton Place from private family collections. Visit:; (843) 556-6020. A parallel exhibition of Smith’s landscapes, family portraits, and sketch books from private collections is on display at the Edmonston-Alston House in Charleston, SC. Visit:


April 22-29, 2017

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

More than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes, and historic landmarks take part in the celebration of Historic Garden Week, described as “America’s Largest Open House.” This tour, organized by the Garden Club of Virginia, supports restoration projects statewide. Visit:


April 26, 2017

Garden Club of Georgia’s 2017 Historic Landscape Fundraiser Event
Rome, Georgia

This event features award winning and nationally recognized garden author and speaker Tara Dillard, who will discuss “Modern Garden Design with Historic Inputs.” Hosted by GCG’s Laurel District, the lunch and lecture is on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, on the beautiful campus of Berry College in Rome, Georgia. The $40 individual ticket includes lunch, lecture, and tour of Martha Berry’s House and Gardens at Oak Hill located across the street from Berry College. This event supports GCG’s Historic Landscape and Garden Grant program, providing seed money to assist organizations and communities in development sound landscape preservation projects which provide public benefit.  Prior registration is required.  Registration and sponsorship forms:  


April 29-30, 2017

Colonial Williamsburg’s 71st Annual Garden Symposium

This symposium will focus on visually designing small garden spaces to produce the greatest rewards. Speakers will share their landscaping techniques and plant choices for small gardens, patios, courtyards and containers. From perennials to pollinators to herbs, become inspired with ideas to show your own creativity in your home garden. More information available at; email:


May 26-28, 2017

Southern Garden History Society Annual Meeting
Lexington, Kentucky

More information.


June 18-23, 2017

“Preserving Jefferson’s Gardens and Landscapes”
21st Annual Historic Landscape Institute
Charlottesville, Virginia

This one-week course uses Monticello’s gardens and landscapes and the University of Virginia as outdoor classrooms to study historic landscape preservation. Lectures, workshops, field trips, and practical working experiences provide an introduction to the fields of landscape history, garden restoration, and historical horticulture. Visit:


September 8-9, 2017

Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello
Charlottesville, Virginia

Celebrate the revolutionary legacy of Thomas Jefferson workshops, lectures, and tomato tastings and more. Featured speakers include vegetable historians William Woys Weaver, Michael Twitty, Ira Wallace, Brie Arthur, and Tim Johnson. Visit:


September 21-23, 2017

Gardening in the Golden Age: Southern Gardens & Landscapes of the Early 20th Century and the Challenges to their Preservation
21st Conference on Restoring Southern Gardens & Landscapes
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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October 21-22, 2017

29th Annual Southern Garden Symposium and Workshops
St. Francisville, Louisiana

Featured speakers include Mississippi author Margaret Gratz, Monticello’s Peggy Cornett, and the entertaining floral design duo Tom and Nancy McIntyre. Registration opens in April. Visit: